Novak Djokovic will be the only Big 3 on the field at the US Open, where he will be the big favorite for the title. The number 1 in the world, overwhelmed by criticism due to the organization of the Adria Tour, will try to conquer the 18th Slam of his career and remain undefeated in this strange 2020.
Without the long suspension due to the Coronavirus, the Serbian phenomenon could have also surpass Roger Federer in the statistics of the weeks at the top of the world rankings. The freezing of the rankings will force Nole to wait until at least 2021, but the Belgrade veteran intends to take away further satisfaction in the coming months.
During a recent interview with SuperTennis, Riccardo Piatti, who worked with Djokovic early in his career and current coach of Jannik Sinner, analyzed Novak's future prospects. Novak Djokovic is the most focused player in the world according to one of his former coach, and it’s all motivated by a desire to strip Roger Federer of his Grand Slam record.
Piatti on Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is the most tennis-focused player of all, especially right now,” Riccardo Piatti told Super Tennis. “He organized the Adria Cup not because he wanted to compete with other players but because he thought he was doing a good thing for everyone: his people, the players.
He was wrong but in good faith. Then he trained to be ready. Nole is very focused on his tennis also because he can pass very quickly in front of Roger Federer in terms of Grand Slams which is his primary objective”. After months of speculating whether the US Open would actually take place during its scheduled time due to the coronavirus pandemic, players have finally arrived on site in New York, and have already made themselves at home on the fan-less grounds.
Sure, things look slightly different this year and a number of big names won't be participating, but those who are in Queens are already making the most of the slightly surreal experience. With the Western & Southern Open, typically held in Cincinnati, having been moved to the site for a two-tournament bubble, play for that event gets underway Thursday, so the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center looks to be filled with activity and, you know, actual competitive tennis for the next several weeks.